Skincare has always been a priority of mine, but with a busy schedule those trips to the dermatologist can certainly be an inconvenience! Thanks to Curology, a company providing personalized dermatology through online consultations and customized formulas, that problem is now solved! Say goodbye to those costly visits to the doctor and pharmacy and hello to accessible and affordable expertise from the privacy of your own home. Founded by leading board-certified dermatologist David Lortscher in 2014, the company now has 45 employees across offices in both San Diego and San Francisco. His goal was to put an end to the economic, geographical and psychological barriers that he witnessed patients experiencing while working at a dermatology practice in New Mexico prior. When I first heard about this service I could not wait to give it a try and see for myself what the hype was all about!
The first step to using Curology is filling out a questionnaire. I will break it up into sections so you know exactly what to expect and what information you should have handy! First, to learn about your skin goals, the survey asks which aspects of your complexion you’d like to treat. The options include acne, clogged pores, dark spots, firmness, skin texture and wrinkles. You can choose as many as you’d like! Next, you will be asked to select your skin type (dry, combination, oily, etc.) After that, Curology gives you the opportunity to specify which areas on your face are of concern. For the subsequent part of the questionnaire, you should have your medical history handy so your medical provider can gain a better understanding of your health. Some of the questions asked are a bit more specific such as what topicals do you currently use an how do they make your skin feel, followed by more general medical queries like your gender. Before ending this section, you are given the opportunity to tell your provider any additional information such as your skincare routine or make special requests for your medication.
The next step in the process is taking photos of your face from various angles, which will then be sent to your medical provider so they can get an accurate depiction of your skin’s current condition. Once this is completed, you will receive an e-mail from him or her containing thorough feedback/suggestions based off of the information you have submitted. I must say my medical provider’s timely and detailed response was truly impressive! She really covered all areas and gave me helpful information pertaining to my current skincare routine.
Next, you will be prescribed a customized medication containing three active ingredients not found in over-the-counter products, which is made at Curology’s in-house laboratory. Most formulas are gentle and will vary in strength depending on your skin type. You will receive a fully detailed explanation of the ingredients, highlighting why and how the assigned percentage of each will help. Your medical provider will give you specific instructions on how to apply it and can tweak your formula based on your feedback, if need be. The best part is, the medication is shipped directly to your door! It doesn’t get any easier than that! Do not be alarmed if you notice a minor breakout initially! As the old skin cells are turning over and new ones are being created, the pores are clearing out and you should notice smoother skin.
Joining Curology’s subscription program has many benefits, such as one-on-one chats with your provider, who shares their background and experience and formula adjustments to your custom prescription (as often as needed). There is no minimum commitment when signing up for Curology meaning you can cancel at any time. If you are not satisfied with your formula, the company offers a 90-day money-back guarantee to refund 100 percent of your charge. The current pricing is as follows: 30-day bottle (14 ml): Shipment every month $19.95 (+4.95 shipping and handling) or 60-day bottle (27 ml): Shipment every two months $39.90 (Free shipping + handling). They’re currently offering a 30-day trial membership for just the cost of shipping and handling to all new patients!
With all of that being said, I am so excited to share that I have posted a GIVEAWAY on my Instagram page under my latest post! One lucky winner will receive a free 1-year trial to Curology which is such an amazing value- I encourage all of you to participate! All you have to do is follow me (@leatherandlacebyelyse), like the photo and tag three of your besties. I will announce the winner on Monday, July 17th. Good luck!!!
Overall, my experience using Curology has been extremely positive and one that I am glad I can share with all of you! I found the entire process to not only be smooth but also very enjoyable! My provider made things easy by being readily available to answer all questions and giving me helpful and informative feedback/suggestions about my skincare routine. She truly lived up to my expectations and came up with an awesome formula that has worked wonders on my skin! If you struggle with mild to moderate acne or anti-aging concerns, this service is certainly for you! The low cost of membership and satisfaction guarantee means there is minimal risk to trying it out. I feel confident recommending Curology and hope that this blog post has covered any questions/concerns you may have. If not, please do not hesitate to reach out! Thank you for stopping by!
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